Scarlett of Suburbia

Field Notes from The Motherhood


April 2011

Mom, how do you tell your dreams to not repeat? I don’t ever want to see those zombies eating pancakes ever again.

The 4 y.o.


When I’m all growed up, I’m going to have 7 boyfriends, so I can have a different one for each day of the week.

The 4 y.o.

This kid at school, Harold, he said that you could drink out of a toilet. I told him that was grossenating. You can’t drink out of a toilet or you’ll get sick.

The 4 y.o.

Chocolate-Dipped Stuffed Strawberries

The Recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Stuffed Strawberries
(adapted from Nikki’s recipe posted at Parsnip & Pear)

as many large strawberries as you can find (or a pint)
1 cup chocolate chips or chunks
1/2 package (4 oz) cream cheese
1/2 package (4 oz) neufchatel
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp clementine zest
2 tsp fresh squeezed clementine juice
splash of light rum

Do This

Wash the strawberries, and slice off the tops. Using a paring knive, hollow out each berry until they’re readily stuff-able. Side note: if anyone has a more efficient way to hollow strawberries, I would love to know what that is. I broke a few berries with the knife, and we’re not even going to talk about how poorly the melon baller worked.
Using your mixer, whip together the cheeses, sugar, vanilla, zest, juice, and rum until it’s all smooth and fluffy and looks like clouds with zest floating in them.

Try not to consume the creamy filling just yet. Put at least half of it into a piping bag fitted with a small tip (I used a #7 round), and pipe into the hollowed strawberries. Not your mouth. Yet.
Place the filled strawberries on a tray or foil-covered cutting board (it works really well!) and slide into the freezer until hardened.

Melt chocolate chunks in a metal bowl set over a pot of water on the stove. Using a toothpick (or your hands) to hold each strawberry, dip the bottoms of the strawberry in the chocolate as far as possible and place onto the tray to set.
When each strawberry is dipped, place tray in fridge until chocolate is set. Remove toothpicks, and serve.

Alternately (and especially if you still have lots of creamy filling left and you don’t want to waste it), pipe some filling in/on other fruits.

On Blame

The 8 y.o.: I don’t know what happened to the Digimon DVD. *Someone* scratched it.
The 12 y.o.: It wasn’t me. I was wondering what happened to it too.
The 4 y.o.: You mean me? It wasn’t me. I was sleeping whenever it happened. When did it happen?

On Spelling

The Mom: I was thinking about moving the (spells it) S-O-F-A into our bedroom.
The Dad (thinking): The S-O-F-A…
The 4 y.o.: Sofa, Dad. She wants to move the sofa into your bedroom. Hey Mom – I can spell!

On Giraffes & Gelato

The Mom: You get dessert only when you eat your pizza AND your salad.
The 4 y.o.: But I don’t like salad. Only pizza. I’m only going to eat the pizza.
The Mom: Then you won’t get any dessert. Only pizza.
The 4 y.o.: {deep sigh} Alright. I’ll eat my leaves and pretend I’m a giraffe. Wait – do giraffes eat gelato?

Menu Plan for the Week of 4/24 to 5/1

Easter Sunday

b/ Scrambled Eggs, Raisin Toast, Steel-Cut Oatmeal

l/ BBQ Beef Wraps w Crispy Kale; Apple Slices

s/ Lemon Pudding w Graham Crackers

d/ Roasted Chicken w Lime, Thyme & Ginger Ale; Baked Potatoes; Mixed Vegetables; Honey Limeade. Strawberry-Vanilla Bundt Cake w Glaze


b/ Oatmeal w Apples, Brown Sugar & Golden Raisins; Milk

l/ Chicken Wrap or Sandwich; Grape Tomatoes; Apple; Sm Piece of Strawberry Cake

d/ Sesame Peanut Noodles; Carrot Raisin Salad

FHE Activity: Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate; Lemonade & Popcorn


b/ Homemade Biscuits with Butter & Honey; Fruit Salad; Milk

l/ Salade Nicoise; Amish Bread; Strawberries in Chocolate

d/ Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken; Roasted Asparagus; Potatoes


b/ Egg In The Hole; Fruit

l/ BLT Sandwich (or Cheese for M); Chocolate Pudding

d/ Pioneer Woman’s White Chicken Enchiladas; Refried Beans; Chopped Lettuce/Tomatoes


b/ Cold Cereal Bar; Ovaltine

l/ Smoked Salmon, Avocado & Neufchatel Cheese on French Baguette; Tomatoes & Cucumbers; Newman’s Oreos

d/ Sloppy Joes & Greek Salad; Homemade Brownies


b/ PW’s Super Sonic Breakfast Burrito; OJ

l/ Mortadella Pasta Salad; Whole Wheat Crackers; Fruit; Brownies

d/ Carmelized Salmon w Bok Choy in Asian Citrus Sauce; Jasmine Rice


b/ Banana Pancakes; Strawberry-Vanilla Smoothie

l/ Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwiches

d/ PW Brisket; Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; Green Beans; Watermelon

I haven’t eaten a lot of my lunch. Does that mean I haven’t spoiled my dinner?

The 4 y.o.

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